Milwaukee, Wis. – Dec. 6, 2012 – Five local CITGO Marketers are teaming up to make 73 CITGO locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin collection points for this year’s Toys for Tots program to benefit area children. From now through Dec. 18, Lakeside Oil Company, Condon Oil Company, Garrow Oil & Propane, Kaul Oil, Prairie State and U.S. Oil will help collect new, unwrapped toys at CITGO locations across five counties to help make this holiday season special for local families.

“For the past nine years, our community has worked together to ensure that the holidays are filled with joy and love for our local families, said Jack Sobczak, director of sales and marketing for Lakeside Oil. “This annual holiday drive has become the highlight of the season for many of us here at Lakeside and CITGO. Every donation will make a memorable and meaningful difference in the life of a local child, which is truly the best gift that we can give.”

The annual fundraiser will be driven by the partnership formed between Southeastern Wisconsin CITGO Marketers and Retailers, local Wisconsin radio station 106.1 FM and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. With the highest level of participation in their nine-year history of fundraising, Wisconsin CITGO Retailers hope to collect more toys this year than ever before. For a full list of participating locally owned CITGO locations and to find the nearest Toys for Tots drop-off, visit www.fm106.com.

“Each year, CITGO is honored to partner with this group of local Marketers and community organizations in order to spread the holiday spirit,” said Alan Flagg, general manager light oils marketing for CITGO Petroleum Corporation. “The annual Toys for Tots drive is such a wonderful way for us to give back to the communities in which we serve. For these Marketers and Retailers in particular, who live and work throughout Southeastern Wisconsin, this annual giving program offers them the opportunity to better the lives of their neighbors. In our minds, this spirit of giving epitomizes the holiday season.”

Wisconsin CITGO Marketers and Retailers, operating more than 300  locations in Wisconsin, are proud to lead the effort for the Toys for Tots collection and encourage everyone to give whatever they can in support of children in need. For more information on the positive impact of the locally owned CITGO locations, visit www.CITGO.com.

CITGO maintains an unwavering dedication to the local communities it serves through its network of nearly 6,000 locally owned CITGO locations. In addition, CITGO invests up to five times more than other major oil companies in its corporate social responsibility programs. It is a core principle of the CITGO business model to use the strength of its resources to help people in need.

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit www.CITGO.com.